Our Abbot

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Rinpoche was born in Dhabdo village in Kham, Tibet on January 1st 1939. He joined the Shedrup Norbu Ling college of his local Karze Monastery at the young age of seven and took novice ordination (Getsul) from Trungsar Rinpoche when he was eight. When he was seventeen, he left Karze Monastery to join Sera Je Monastery near Lhasa so he could continue his studies.

In 1959, with fellow monks, he fled Tibet following His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama into exile in India and carried on studying at the rehabilitation camp in Buxa Duar, West Bengal. In 1965, he took full ordination (Gelong) from His Holiness in Dharamsala. In the 1970s, he was part of the group of 200 monks who re-established Sera Je Monastery at Bylakuppe (Mysore District) in Southern India. During this time, he studied with Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Wangchuk (then abbot) and Gyumed Khensur Dorje Tashi.

He graduated first of his class for Karam (akin to a Masters), Lopon (something like an M.Phil) and Lharampa Geshe (equivalent to a Ph.D). He graduated as Lharampa Geshe in 1987. After this achievement, he spent his entire time teaching at Sera Je. In 1994, he was appointed Chief Disciplinarian of Gyumed Tantric Monastery, one of the two main tantric monasteries in our tradition. In 1995, he was also elected as Chief Disciplinarian of Sera Je Monastery.

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In 2002, he was appointed Lama Umze (second only to the Abbot) of Gyumed Tantric Monastery by His Holiness. After serving the three year tenure, he was then appointed as Abbot by His Holiness. He completed this three year term of office in 2008. After that, His Holiness appointed him as Abbot of Sed-Gyued Institute of Buddhist Studies in Salugara near Siliguri, West Bengal.

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Rinpoche was enthroned as Abbot of Sera Je Monastery in May 2012. In 2014, Rinpoche accepted our request to also be Abbot of Lhungtok Choekhorling. We are very fortunate to have someone so special who has vast knowledge of the Sutras and many years of contemplative practice. Rinpoche travels far and wide fulfilling his duties as a teacher and abbot, sharing the knowledge and wisdom of the Buddha with different groups.